* Soviet Cold War espionage spies Nicholai Gregorovich Redin</a> (Soviet Union, 1916?- )

Cold War Spies: Nicholai Gregorovich Redin (Soviet Union, 1916?- )

Figure 1.--The mother of these children testifuedv against accused spym Soviet Naval Lt. Lt. Nicholai Gregorovich Redin. The press caption read, "Agehnts Guard Witnesses Vhildren: The above photo, taken several nonths ago shows the four Kennedy children about whom their mother, Mrs. Herbert Kennedy, one of the Govrnment 's star witnesses in the espionage trial of Lt. Nicholai G. Redin, Russian nava; officer, expressed alarmed concern furing cross-rxamination at the trial. Mrs. Kennedy stated that she had been fearful of their sasety since Redin's attest last March and rgat since that time tghe four youngsters had been guarded bt F.B.I. agents. The children are, left to right; Perry. 11; Jan, 9; Margaret, 7; and James, 5." YThe photograph was taken July 3, 1946."

Lt. Nicholai Gregorovich Redin was a Soviet Naval Officer assigned to the Soviet Purvchasing Commission that opperated in the United States. Thus was a subtantial effort. Not only were large numbers of Soviet personnel in America, but many brought their families with them. The Soviets were the second largest recpient of American Lend Lasecaid during World War II. The Commission helped evaluate the American milirary equipment to determine what would most useful for the Soviet war effort and how effect bthe vequioment was, This put them in them in an ideal position to engage iu espionage. There was a huge volume of messages. The United States vcoukld not read the messages dutinhg ther War, nut afyrt yhr War code nbreakers began having success. Which is why we now know that the Purchasing Coimmission was heavily involved in espiomage. And the U.S. public was begoming increasingolyn aware of Sovbirt espionagerb activbities because of the revektions of defector Igor Gouzenko in Canada. And we know this is precisely the Purchasing Comwhat did because after the War the United States began having success decoding Soviet diplomatic messagesm many sern by Purchasing Commissiin persinnek. The decrypts are known as the Venona Papers. Lt. Redin was arrested in Portlamd, Oregon (March 26. 1946). He was about to board the SS Alma Ata< om his way home. We were a little surprised that the Purchasing Commissioin personnel were still in the United States as Presidentb Truman cancelled Lend Leasev after the War ebnded (September 1945). The FBI apparently had a weak case. Redin was found not guilty affer a 22 day trial. Which is iunteresting given the mumber of peoole the Soviets convicted of espionage wuthout any ecudebnce at all, nit to mentiined thois sentbinto the Gulag or executed without any trial.


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